Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer with around 44,500 people diagnosed with the condition every single year in the UK.

Lung cancer mainly affects older people and it is rare in people younger than 40. Lung cancer is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 70-74. Although people who have never smoked can develop lung cancer, smoking is the main cause accounting for over 85% of cases.

There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer, but many people with the condition eventually develop symptoms including:

  • A persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent breathlessness
  • Unexplained tiredness and weight loss
  • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing

If you have any of these symptoms, book an appointment to see your GP.

More information can be found at NHS.uk

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